On July 10, 1945 after
mooring in APRA HARBOR, GUAM, 9 REDFIN Crewmen were transferred to
ComSubDiv 341. Paul H. GRANT, CMoMM; Frank FILAROWSKI, CPhM; Cletus
H. JONES, S1c; Clayton O. GRIFFITH, GM3; Otis MORGAN, St2; Roy W. PAGE,
QM1; James P. SPANN, S2c; Peter J. VLACHOS, TM3; Eugene C. WATKINS, MoMM1
and Joseph P. AROCHA, TM3. One
Officer was detached, LT George L. REINHARDT and two reported aboard, LT
John R. BOND and LTjg Robert M. RILEY.
July 23,1945 the Crew and Officers reported aboard from Camp Dealey.
Someone had brought a small puppy on board from Camp Dealey.
Capt. Miller allowed him to stay as long as the Crew took care of
him. The puppy got the name of “Rascal.” Between July 23rd and 29th the time was
devoted to 2 days regular training and 2 days special training and 2 days
for loading and fueling.
July 30th REDFIN departed Apra Harbor at 1657 hours for her 7th
War Patrol in the area of the 50-fathom and 100 fathom curve off KYUSHU,
August 1st REDFIN notified ComSubPac that the refrigeration
system was flooded with salt water. At
1330 REDFIN received permission to proceed to SAIPAN. On August 2nd entered TANAPAG HARBOR, SAIPAN and
moored alongside USS ORION (AS-18) at 1510.
5th at 1100 REDFIN was underway after the refrigeration system
was overhauled. As she was
backing out, a bag of mail was received.
On August 7th commenced having trouble with the
refrigeration system. Capt. MILLER decided to start having the best cuts
of meat two times a day.
August 10th at 0557 proceeded through COLNETT STRAIT.
11th submerged and started sweeping with the M.A.T.D. at 0655
for any mines and located a minefield of 6 mines.
12th while submerged, took pictures of KYUSHU though the
periscope at 800 yards. The
Officers and Crew listened to the radio to the news contemplating the end
of the war.
13th REDFIN located 7 more mines with the M.A.T.D.
On August 14th REDFIN located 28 mines in fields of 5 or
6 mines all in the 80 fathom curve, north of Lat: 31°-26’N.
15th at 0502 submerged at the southern entrance to KOSHIKI
KAIKYU. Had 8 mine contacts along the 60-fathom curve.
At 1310, while at periscope depth, radioman William Meyer received
an un-coded message that read; “The War is over, cease fire and splice
the main brace”. At 2100 received orders to cease execution of the Special
16th at 1600 received orders to patrol the East China Sea north
of Lat: 32°-30'N.
the period of August 17th to 28th REDFIN was
patrolling in the East China Sea exploding mines and riding out the Tokyo
30th at 0800 REDFIN rendezvoused with USS CATFISH (SS-339), USS
SEA DEVIL (SS-400) and USS BLACKFIN (SS-322) and proceeded in formation.
September 1st at 0800 the formation broke up because of the
Typhoon with 60-knot winds and 40’ high seas.
September 2nd at 1700 rejoined CATFISH and BLACKFIN and
returned to GUAM, arriving and mooring on September 5th at 1401
port side to USS BLACKFIN in a nest with USS CATFISH, USS BOARFISH
(SS-327), USS BLENNY (SS-324) and USS BLUEBACK (SS-326) alongside USS
Rene A. TAYLOR and LTjg. Jack P. MEINERS were promoted to the rank of LT
as of August 01, 1945.
September 6th at 0230 commenced fueling REDFIN from USS SPERRY.
The Officers and Crew were subsisting aboard USS SPERRY.
At 1400 Lawrence W. COLEMAN was promoted to ENSIGN as of July 15,
Stewards Mates reported aboard REDFIN for transportation to ComSubPac in
On Friday September 07, 1945 REDFIN departed GUAM at 1500 and proceeded to PEARL HARBOR.